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  1. dadracer2

    Best of the Best: Meet the Apos Ray 6SN7 Reserve Vacuum Tube

    Would I be wrong in guessing this Apos valve is not made by Apos in which case it would be helpful id Apos said who manufactures them and there is no shame in that. I mean Audio Note have one of their newish 300b valvs made by PSVane to their specs. Lots of companies do this. At least be...
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    Feeling lucky? A tour of our audiophile factory awaits

    Just suddenly thought if a record deck isn't available and you can only do digital then I would go with Patricia Barber's "Clique" on DXD 32 bit download which absolutely soars and might even be better than the Impex LP version......maybe. If it helps I can bring JA on LP and PB on a USB stick.
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    Feeling lucky? A tour of our audiophile factory awaits

    Hi there. I'm in the UK and specifically Scotland. I'd really very much love to hear the HE1 using Joan Armatrading's self titled album. If it could be the Intervention Records LP version from 2020 then even better in order to experience the full majesty of the HE1. This is a beautiful...
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    Cayin HA-300MK2 (2022) TOTL Transformer coupled Direct Heated Triode Tube HeadAmp (Page 91)

    That would be most interesting. I'm sure somebody here must have tried it.
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    Cayin HA-300MK2 (2022) TOTL Transformer coupled Direct Heated Triode Tube HeadAmp (Page 91)

    Hi mate, If you really want to hear some dynamic music then you will need good floorstanding speakers of 95+ dB sensitivity in a medium sized room. On the other hand if you are determined to have small speakers and are not so worried about levels then a set of 15ohm LS3/5a should work well and...
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    Cayin HA-300MK2 (2022) TOTL Transformer coupled Direct Heated Triode Tube HeadAmp (Page 91)

    I think that the HA300 (&mk2) is much better than the price would lead you to imagine because it has the right basics. It has an excellent power supply, in-house made transformers especially for the amp itself and of course valve rectifiers. It is difficult to find such a SET amp that has all of...
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    Best Amp + Dac for HD800 S

    Well yes that should be a good match although I've never seen one over here in the UK. I think you have access to quite a number of products we simply don't get.
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    Best Amp + Dac for HD800 S

    I haven't heard that Woo model but if you have the chance to get a SET amp, then always get a SET amp for the HD800S. It will bring out everything that is good about the HD800S like space and imaging and add a little sprinkle of warmth to the mids.
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    Best Amp + Dac for HD800 S

    An EL34 powered integrated and a KT66 powered integrated. Maybe an 805 or 2A3 would also work very well but I haven't tried those.
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    Best Amp + Dac for HD800 S

    I very recently had the opportunity to trade up to a mk2 Cayin HA300 from my mk1. Not only is it a better amp with my speakers but also with my HD800S. It further confirms my belief that a 300B amp is the ideal partner for the HD800S with its liquid midband and beguiling soundstage.
  11. dadracer2

    Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7b Impressions & Discussion Thread

    Thanks for this. Sounds like I need to give the Meze a listen in that case. I shall contact the dealer and arrange it.
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    Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7b Impressions & Discussion Thread

    How do the MSR7bs compare sound wise, tonality wise, soundstage wise to the 109 Pro please?
  13. dadracer2

    Cayin HA-300MK2 (2022) TOTL Transformer coupled Direct Heated Triode Tube HeadAmp (Page 91)

    What kind of surface have folks tried with their amp? I mean wood, slate, granite, and have they found any differences. My table has an MDF shelf with a spike at each corner onto a metal frame and I was thinking about getting a piece of slate cut to size to replace it. Has anyone experimented???
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    Cayin HA-300MK2 (2022) TOTL Transformer coupled Direct Heated Triode Tube HeadAmp (Page 91)

    I think you are correct that 96dB is optimal for the Cayin. I have a moderately big living room and speakers with much lower sensitivity are just not efficient enough. You also have to pay attention to the manufacturer claims I tried some KLH and Klipsch and found them to be overstated on their...
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    Cayin HA-300MK2 (2022) TOTL Transformer coupled Direct Heated Triode Tube HeadAmp (Page 91)

    I'd guess it depends on which of your headphones you're using regarding that, but bear in mind that some swapping of the impedance can help with this. Did you get the CV6 to replace the 6SN7? Is it a like for like replacement? Changing the 6SN7 will be a bigger difference/upgrade in sound than...
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    Cayin HA-300MK2 (2022) TOTL Transformer coupled Direct Heated Triode Tube HeadAmp (Page 91)

    Cheers I will have a look at them then. I have a pair of PSvane 6SN7 which I was using with my mk1 then swapped back to the stock before handing over the amp in PX. I do like the PSvane range so will see what prices are like here in UK.
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    Cayin HA-300MK2 (2022) TOTL Transformer coupled Direct Heated Triode Tube HeadAmp (Page 91)

    My mk1 had a small issue (think its an internal fuse) plus a great trade in deal from my dealer and now I have a mk2. Its a lovely thing and sounds like there is less noise and hum straight out of the box. I love the soft start feature but while I like the Gold Lions I'd prefer something that...
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    Cayin C9: Dual Nutube, Fully Balanced Class A/AB Portable HeadAmp

    Take care, stay well and get a good rest.
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    Cayin HA-300MK2 (2022) TOTL Transformer coupled Direct Heated Triode Tube HeadAmp (Page 91)

    Ha ha not entirely. It's just this time I have been able to remodel our living room to provide a better and more dedicated hifi listening environment without the distraction of so many sofas and such!
  20. dadracer2

    Official Unofficial 8XX Discussion Thread - UPDATE SENNHEISER HAS BEEN SOLD!!! GT(heck)IH

    It sounds from the several reviews that are out there that they took an excellent headphone and ruined it.
  21. dadracer2

    Headphone Tube Amps - The hunt for all 300B TUBE AMPS

    Aha, I didn't know they stocked Elrog valves. I have been busy all week buying LPs from them! Good shout.
  22. dadracer2

    Cayin HA-300MK2 (2022) TOTL Transformer coupled Direct Heated Triode Tube HeadAmp (Page 91)

    For the past 2 weeks I have been listening to my HA300 as a speaker amp and it is fantastic. I have ended up buying a lot more LPs and then it really comes alive. I mean streaming on Qobuz is also great but there is an ease and organic delivery that is exquisite. Thanks to my sons and wife for...
  23. dadracer2

    Headphone Tube Amps - The hunt for all 300B TUBE AMPS

    Yes, I guess that seems more likely as they had already closed down hadn't they? Still it's good that some of their technology can live on.
  24. dadracer2

    Headphone Tube Amps - The hunt for all 300B TUBE AMPS

    Did I read somewhere that PSVANE have bought up the old Full Music company?
  25. dadracer2

    Audio-Technica ATH-AP2000Ti - Impressions Thread

    The AP2k is transportable whereas the other 2 ATs you mention are not. Also they a a lot more expensive but you say the AP2k is too much money. I think the AP2k is a great closed back headphone for the money but that's just my thought. I don't understand what you mean by your comment about it...
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